A Rome city break: a guide to hotels, attractions and food.
20 Feb 2019
Wander around the sights from the Colosseum to Vatican City and enjoy as much pizza, pasta and gelato as you can.
Holidays and city breaks to Rome in 2019.
Make 2019 the year that you experience, or re-experience, the delightful capital of Italy. In addition to the classic sights, you'll find a modern, immersive theatre production, Giudizio Universale, which depicts the secrets of the Sistine Chapel in a unique, hi-tech way. You can also take in the multimedia light and sound show at the Temple of Hadrian in Piazza di Pietra.
Enjoy your Rome city break - the right way.
The Roma Pass is an all-in-one tourist pass that you can use for unlimited public transport usage, free entry to a museum or archaeological site and discounted entry to over 80 events and exhibitions. You can purchase a pass for 48 or 72 hours to allow for significant savings on your trip.
Rome offers elegant architecture, rustic flea markets and everything in between. You can explore the sights, climb the Spanish Steps and take in the view at the top of the Vittoriano, but you should also allow yourself some downtime to relax and simply absorb the modern and cosmopolitan vibe of this ancient city - maybe people-watching from an al fresco cafe table or eating gelato on a street bench.
Let's talk food: where to eat in Rome.
Rome offers unique Italian cuisine and a dearth of pizzerias and stylish restaurants. It's advisable to book a few days ahead at most restaurants, if possible, in order to avoid being disappointed. Antico Arco near the Villa Pamphili park is open every day from lunch through to closing, serving modern Italian cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients.
Tavernaccia Da Bruno combines Roman, Umbrian and Sardinian cuisine in a cosy, rustic setting in Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese. Grab some pizza al taglio, pizza by the slice, or gelato to keep your energy up during busy days of sightseeing. Pizzarium near the Vatican Museums and Otaleg in Viale dei Colli Portuensi are firm favourites for quick snacks.
Around the city: what to do in Rome.
When in Rome, do as the Romans have surely all done at least once. There are, of course, the famous sights: a visit to Vatican City is a must, with St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel living up to their reputations as grand pieces of world-renowned architecture and art. Finish off your trip with a wander around the lush gardens that cover much of the city-state. The Colosseum is another one to check off your bucket list; the impressive structure was built between 70 and 80 AD - a true wonder of innovation and construction.
There are many opportunities to explore underground, including in the Vatican Grottoes and the Domus Romane beneath the Palazzo Valentini with its excavated ruins displayed through a multimedia presentation. Parks, gardens and Roman villas feature throughout the city, giving you a breath of fresh air and the chance to stroll through beautiful scenery. Try the Rose Garden during a spring break in Rome for stunning blooms and scents, or Villa Pamphili with its extensive cycle and walking paths.
For the best city break in Rome, be sure to plan ahead, book your accommodation well in advance and create an itinerary to ensure that you will see and do everything you would like to. Check out the public transport available to take you to the various sights quickly and cheaply. This way, you will get a real feel for the city and see another side to Roma. A luxury city break in Rome means staying in a beautiful hotel, dining in style and soaking in the art and culture. At Gruppo UNA, we have the accommodation covered, so you simply need to organise the rest.
Where to stay in Rome.
A Rome city break hotel will be your base in this vibrant city. UNAHOTELS Decò Roma offers style and elegance with unbeatable customer service, all in a fantastic central location. Step out the door and you are right in the heart of historic Rome and just steps away from the train station. After a long day of sightseeing, there is nothing quite like coming 'home' to a beautiful, stylish room and relaxing.